Called Primary Care Memory Clinics, this proven model helps patients be well cared for by their family doctor and other professionals, such as nurses and social workers, who are all specially trained in caring for people living with dementia.
With the population aging in Ontario, it is vital that the diagnosis, treatment and care for people living with dementia improve, including at the primary care level.
The Primary Care Memory Clinic model focuses on training clinicians from the identified sites in a five-day accredited training program. After training, the teams continue to receive further mentorship and support to establish the memory clinic. Through this model and mentorship, primary care teams build their capacity to care for patients living with dementia, and support their caregivers too. In turn, patients receive more integrated care closer to home, right in their community.
The Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub is located in Ignace, in Northwestern Ontario (3 hours west of Thunder Bay and 1.5 hours east of Dryden) and is part of the Northwest Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
Mary Berglund CHCH is the only health service provider with this range of services between Thunder Bay and Dryden. The MBCHCH provides services to Ignace and clients in the region who are not attached to a health service provider.